A Gulf Coast Relief tee

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 16, 2010 8:22 am

I’ve long been a big fan of Threadless shirts. The creative images and phrases always spark interesting conversations, especially when meeting strangers while traveling. Now they have a new “Gulf Coast relief tee” called “peliCAN” and are:

donating all proceeds from the sale of this tee to the Gulf Restoration Network, a 15 year old environmental non-profit organization committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. They’re the only environmental organization working Gulf-wide, and since the first days of BP’s oil drilling disaster, they’ve provided independent monitoring and advocacy focused on holding BP accountable and ensuring an effective and transparent response to the crisis. Take action, stay informed, and donate to these efforts here.

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It’s great to see a company get involved in local efforts to restore the Gulf. I’m not sure how I feel about the graphic, but it definitely succeeds in capturing the symbol of the oil spill. What do you think?

You can read more about peliCAN here and visit the Gulf Restoration Network for other ways to help.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Environment, Marine Science

Comments (2)

  1. Guy

    It is good that they are drawing more attention to the problem. I hope that more people start becoming passionate about science and technology and take up careers that will enable a clean energy future.

  2. Elbert Basa

    I’m so very saddened by the the oil spill. E.O. Wilson said on the “Planet Earth” DVD series from BBC that–“It would be a serious crime to drill for oil in the ocean”. The fact of the matter is the risk out weigh the benefits. And even if the risk was assessed? Was there a damaged control group that came in to save the day and deal with these possible problems? MMmm, NO! I hope mother nature really gets screwed up the A-hole on this one and humans see and experience the consequences of our actions. The stone age ended not because we ran out of stones, its because we evolved more technological ways to get energy (hunting with bow and arrows; calories from food). Oil is primitive and we won’t run out anytime soon, yet we never moved on technologically because of economics. Money isn’t real? BP can’t dish out billions and make everything ok? Its Murphy’s law–What can go wrong will go wrong, it happened when we were “transporting” oil (Exxon Valdez). Now, we are looking at nuclear as a source of energy? Why, haven’t we learned or seen nature at work? When has evolution used oil or radiation as a form of energy. Our ideas of energy are perverted and bare no resembles to circle of biochemistry or life. We are so smart we actually think we aren’t animals. “And to the human race, remember your humanity”—Albert Einstein


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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